Forgiveness. Nelson Mandela once said: “As I walked out the door towards the gate that would lead to freedom, I knew that if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” Imagine the scene, you are a successful businessman with a 40,000-acre farm; 9 sports cars and multiple successful businesses. Then one day, everything is taken from you.
Rusty Labuschagne has been through a trauma few have experienced anywhere in the world. In 2003, the successful Zimbabwean businessman, who ran a safari outfit, flew his own aircraft and had a fishing resort on Lake Kariba, was framed by a poacher, the police and the courts and wrongfully convicted of drowning a poacher.
He served 10 years in Zimbabwe’s prisons (including notorious Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison during the Zim dollar crash) with food shortages, no running water and people dying around him daily. On this episode of the Matt Brown Show, Rusty shares his lessons about forgiveness, gratitude and finding true freedom in life. There are so many powerful nuggets here, and this is without a doubt, one of the most powerful human stories I’ve encountered on this show. Strap yourselves in for seriously epic douse of perspective.
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